“G4S and Serco’s contracts were always due to run out at the end of March anyway, and both companies had already said they wouldn’t bid for the next contract. This is Ministry of Justice spin to mask the inaction of ministers. Neither company have been sacked, as Ministers would have us believe. It should never have been a decision left to the companies, and ministers should have ruled them out months ago and stripped them of their contracts well before they were due to run out anyway”.
“But handing over responsibility to Capita shows this Government is too reliant on the same cosy group of large companies. The taxpayer wants value for money and recent scandals involving the Ministry of Justice and the private sector are a real cause for concern. I’m not filled with confidence they’ve learned from their mistakes with the contracts for court interpreters, prisoner transfer and prisons. We need to know what the process was for awarding this contract to Capita, and that it’s not a foregone conclusion they’ll pick up the full contract down the line”